BATON ROUGE -- The LSU track and field teams certainly left their mark at the SEC Outdoor Championships this past weekend, and fans have the chance to see them in action as the meet will be broadcast Saturday on Fox Sports Net-South from 6-8 p.m. CDT.
Hutsell-Rosen Track on the campus of Auburn University played host to the 2008 SEC Outdoor Championships as the meet will be broadcast to a regional television audience as part of SEC-TV.
The Lady Tigers dominated the competition and won their second straight SEC Outdoor title after racking up 157.5 points for the meet. In fact, the LSU women have now won three of the four SEC Championships contested in the past two seasons as they also won the team title at the 2008 SEC Indoor Championships back in March.
This marks the first time since 1996 that the Lady Tigers have swept SEC Indoor and Outdoor titles in the same season, while it is also the first time since 1990-91 that the squad has won back-to-back SEC Outdoor titles. They have now won 21 SEC championships in program history.
While the Lady Tigers celebrated yet another team championship, LSU senior Richard Thompson turned in the top individual performance of the weekend of all athletes at the meet by sweeping SEC sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters during Sunday’s competition.
Thompson joined the sub 10-second club and set a new SEC record with a winning time of 9.93 seconds in the 100-meter dash, which nearly broke the collegiate record of 9.92 set by UCLA star Ato Boldon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 1996.
He followed by winning the 200-meter title with a new personal best and NCAA leading time of 20.23, which is also the third-fastest time in the history of the LSU track and field program.
Thompson’s performance established him as the fastest man in the NCAA this season as he leads the nation in both events. He is the first LSU athlete to sweep SEC titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships since former All-American Byron Logan in 1998, and he is the first SEC athlete to accomplish the feat since Arkansas’ Tyson Gay in 2004.
Senior Elkana Kosgei was also crowned SEC champion for the Tigers as he took first place in the 800 meters, while sophomore LaTavia Thomas pulled off the sweep by winning the women’s 800-meter title. This marks the second straight year that LSU has swept men’s and women’s 800-meter titles at both the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
In addition, senior Kelly Baptiste won her first career SEC championship in the 100-meter dash by clocking a time of 11.09 in the final, and junior Nickiesha Wilson became the second Lady Tiger in as many seasons to win the 100-meter hurdles with a wind-aided time of 12.81.
LSU also captured three of the four relay titles on the weekend as the men clocked an NCAA leading time of 38.67 to win the 4x100 relay, while the women set a new meet record of 42.80 to win the 4x100 relay before wrapping up the meet by winning the 4x400 relay.
LSU’s nine event wins at this year’s SEC Outdoor Championships was the most for any school at the meet. Auburn was second as its men and women combined for six titles on the weekend.
In fact, both the Tigers and Lady Tigers lead the league in all-time event wins at the SEC Outdoor meet as the men have now won a total of 264 event titles in meet history and the women boast an impressive 112 event titles of their own since first competing in 1981.
SEC-TV’s coverage of the 2008 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will feature all of the exciting action, including exclusive post-race interviews with LSU’s winning athletes, an interview with LSU head coach Dennis Shaver and behind-the-scenes footage from the post-meet awards ceremony with the Lady Tigers receiving their championship trophy.